Caat55 wrote: I told my husband it felt like a had a leave or something in my shoes. I also avoid being barefoot now.
To this day, over two years out from my last treatment, when I have socks on with my sneakers, it always feels like the socks are all bunched up on the bottom, under the soles of my feet (even though I know the socks are not, it totally feels just like that, and I always check to make sure because I want it to just be the socks and not because my feet are defective now). I also avoided being barefoot for a long long time after treatment ended and now I will do some barefoot around the house if the cold floors don’t bother me, but I won’t do barefoot outdoors unless at the beach or pool where I have to walk just a little to get to the water. However, I would actually recommend you start exposing your feet to more stimuli—this was advice from Miss Molly to someone else a while back and unfortunately when I read her post I was well over a year out from finishing my chemo so the neuropathy was too far gone to ever fully fade away for me. But after reading her post I made more of an effort to have my feet feel “uncomfortable” with walking barefoot here in the house where I could and walking barefoot on sand, and I bought a homemedics foot massager this past winter and try to use it daily. It’s that kind of “hurt” that feels good in a weird way. I still have lingering neuropathy in my feet and I assume at this point I always will, but at least on a bad day it is only a “2” on the pain scale (actually only bothers me at night in bed when I lay down and stretch out my legs/feet or when first putting on socks and sneakers to run). I obviously can’t say for sure now, but I think had I started using that foot massager by six months after finishing chemo when my neuropathy was so painful, I could possibly have much less long term issues with uncomfortable feet now. So while it may sound counterintuitive, try to expose those nerve endings to stimuli now so that you can possibly regenerate the proper feelings. Miss Molly is the best, she knows her medical stuff!